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Mediatek chip guide: All you need to know about Mediatek processors

Don't know your MediaTek processors? Don't worry, as our guide has all the info!
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August 22, 2022
Mediatek Dimensity 1200 macro 1
David Imel / Android Authority

Taiwan-based Mediatek traditionally plays second fiddle to silicon rival Qualcomm, but the company’s mobile chips are in scores of phones around the world. Figuring out the naming conventions and capabilities of these Mediatek processors can be a little daunting, though.

Don’t fret, as our Mediatek chipset guide tries to break things down for you. Read on for all the information you’ll need on Mediatek processors.

Flagship Mediatek 5G chipsets

Mediatek Dimensity 9000 chipset
Supplied by Mediatek

Mediatek’s latest high-end 5G processors are the Dimensity 9000 and Dimensity 9000 Plus, introduced in 2022. These are the company’s first chipsets in ages specifically designed to take the fight to Qualcomm’s best in the premium flagship space. Expect a 4nm TSMC design, a powerful octacore CPU (one Cortex-X2, three Cortex-A710, and four Cortex-A510), and a beefy Mali-G710 MC10 GPU.

Other notable features include a sub-6GHz modem topping out at 7Gbps (no mmWave though), 144Hz refresh rate at QHD+ resolutions, 180Hz at FHD+ resolutions, Bluetooth 5.3, and Wi-Fi 6E. Mediatek’s latest flagship family also serves up 320MP single-camera support, AV1 video decoding capabilities, 8K/24fps video recording, and simultaneous triple camera HDR recording. The Dimensity 9000 Plus differs by offering a slightly higher CPU clock speed (from 3.05GHz to 3.2GHz) and a 5% GPU speed boost.

MediaTek Dimensity 1200MediaTek Dimensity 1100MediaTek Dimensity 9000/9000 Plus
CPU
MediaTek Dimensity 1200
4x Cortex-A78
4x Cortex-A55
MediaTek Dimensity 1100
4x Cortex-A78
4x Cortex-A55
MediaTek Dimensity 9000/9000 Plus
1x Cortex-X2
3x Cortex-A710
4x Cortex-A510
GPU
MediaTek Dimensity 1200
Arm Mali-G77 MP9
MediaTek Dimensity 1100
Arm Mali-G77 MP9
MediaTek Dimensity 9000/9000 Plus
Arm Mali-G710 MC10
Display
MediaTek Dimensity 1200
168Hz at FHD+
90Hz at QHD+
MediaTek Dimensity 1100
144Hz at FHD+
90Hz at QHD+
MediaTek Dimensity 9000/9000 Plus
180Hz at FHD+
144Hz at WQHD+
Machine learning
MediaTek Dimensity 1200
APU 3.0
six cores
MediaTek Dimensity 1100
APU 3.0
six cores
MediaTek Dimensity 9000/9000 Plus
APU 5.0
Modem
MediaTek Dimensity 1200
Helio M70 5G
4.7Gbps downlink
2.5Gbps uplink
Sub-6Ghz
MediaTek Dimensity 1100
Helio M70 5G
4.7Gbps downlink
2.5Gbps uplink
Sub-6Ghz
MediaTek Dimensity 9000/9000 Plus
Helio M80 5G
7Gbps downlink
2.5Gbps uplink
Sub-6Ghz
Camera
MediaTek Dimensity 1200
200MP single
32MP+16MP dual
4K/60fps recording
MediaTek Dimensity 1100
108MP single
32MP+16MP dual
4K/60fps recording
MediaTek Dimensity 9000/9000 Plus
320MP single
32MP+32MP+32MP triple
8K/24fps recording
Process
MediaTek Dimensity 1200
6nm
MediaTek Dimensity 1100
6nm
MediaTek Dimensity 9000/9000 Plus
4nm

Mediatek’s previous high-end silicon was the Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100, announced in January 2021. The two SoCs have several features in common, such as a similar octacore CPU (four Cortex-A78 and four Cortex-A55), the same GPU (Mali-G77 MP9), a 6nm manufacturing process, and the Helio M70 modem with sub-6GHz 5G support.

The Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100 were very capable chipsets for the time, but they couldn’t rival Qualcomm’s best for the most part. That means no 8K recording, no beastly Cortex-X CPU core, and a GPU that lagged behind the Snapdragon silicon.

High-end Dimensity processors haven’t seen the same level of adoption as Qualcomm’s flagship processors, and this continues to be the case for the Dimensity 9000 series. It’s only arrived inside a few phones, such as the Vivo X80, Oppo Find X5 Pro Dimensity Edition, and Honor 70 Pro Plus. That’s a shame as benchmarks showed the 2022 lineup is comparable to (if not slightly better than) the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Notable flagship phones:

Mid-range Mediatek 5G chipsets

Oppo Reno 8 Pro by window
Hadlee Simons / Android Authority

Mediatek’s best mid-range processors are the Dimensity 8000 and Dimensity 8100. The company says it wanted to take on the Snapdragon 870 and Snapdragon 888 series and that definitely seems to be the case.

The two chipsets share features like a 5nm TSMC design, beefy octacore CPU (four Cortex-A78 and four Cortex-A55), a Mali-G610 MC6 GPU, and a tri-core fifth-generation APU. You’re also getting Bluetooth 5.3, 200MP single camera support, 168Hz refresh rate at FHD+ resolution (or 120Hz at QHD+), Wi-Fi 6E, and AV1 support.

The Dimensity 8100 stands out from the Dimensity 8000 thanks to higher clock speeds for the heavyweight cores (from 2.75GHz to 2.85GHz), as well as 10% higher clock speeds for the GPU and APU. Either way, our Oppo Reno 8 Pro and OnePlus 10R reviews show that the Dimensity 8100 delivers performance that’s comparable to last year’s best flagship silicon.

The Dimensity 8100 might be the best mid-range chipset on the market right now.

Moving down a notch, Mediatek also has the Dimensity 1300 on offer. This processor is basically a rebadged version of the Dimensity 1200 chipset, which was itself essentially a renamed Dimensity 1000. So expect familiar trappings like the 6nm TSMC design, octa-core CPU (four Cortex-A78 and four Cortex-A55), and a Mali-G77 MC9 GPU.

The mid-range segment also plays host to Mediatek’s first processor with mmWave 5G support, namely the Dimensity 1050. Aside from the landmark introduction of mmWave, this is a budget-tier processor through and through. That means a 6nm design, capable but unimpressive CPU (two Cortex-A78 and six Cortex-A55), and a Mali-G610 MC3 GPU. Other notable features include a third-generation APU for machine learning, 4K/30fps video recording, 108MP single-camera support, and 120Hz maximum refresh rate at FHD+.

MediaTek Dimensity 8000/8100MediaTek Dimensity 1300MediaTek Dimensity 1050
CPU
MediaTek Dimensity 8000/8100
4x Cortex-A78
4x Cortex-A55
MediaTek Dimensity 1300
4x Cortex-A78
4x Cortex-A55
MediaTek Dimensity 1050
2x Cortex-A78
6x Cortex-A55
GPU
MediaTek Dimensity 8000/8100
Arm Mali-G610 MC6
MediaTek Dimensity 1300
Arm Mali-G77 MC9
MediaTek Dimensity 1050
Arm Mali-G610 MC3
Modem
MediaTek Dimensity 8000/8100
4.7Gbps download
Sub-6Ghz
MediaTek Dimensity 1300
4.7Gbps download
Sub-6Ghz
MediaTek Dimensity 1050
4.6Gbps download
Sub-6Ghz
Camera
MediaTek Dimensity 8000/8100
200MP single
32MP+32MP+16MP triple
MediaTek Dimensity 1300
200MP single
32MP+16MP dual
MediaTek Dimensity 1050
108MP single
20MP+20MP dual
Machine learning
MediaTek Dimensity 8000/8100
APU 5.0
MediaTek Dimensity 1300
APU 3.0
MediaTek Dimensity 1050
APU 3.0
Process
MediaTek Dimensity 8000/8100
5nm
MediaTek Dimensity 1300
6nm
MediaTek Dimensity 1050
6nm

Mediatek also has a host of older budget 5G silicon in its portfolio. These chips (such as the Dimensity 810, Dimensity 900, and Dimensity 920) generally offer 2+6 core CPU layouts, older mid-tier Arm GPUs, 5G+5G dual-SIM support, and top out at 4K video recording.

Mediatek has plenty more budget-tier Dimensity chipsets on offer, such as the Dimensity 700, Dimensity 720, and Dimensity 800U. But these are broadly equivalent to Qualcomm chips like the Snapdragon 480 and Snapdragon 690.

The mid-range and budget Dimensity processors haven’t landed in as many high-profile phones as Qualcomm’s mid-range 5G silicon. But it’s still appeared in a ton of phones, and Mediatek’s market share has markedly increased in the US as a result.

Mid-range Mediatek 4G chips

The MediaTek Helio P90 chipset.

Mediatek’s is a major player in mid-range and low-end segments. So it’s no surprise to see it has the Helio G series of 4G chipsets as well.

The latest chipset in the series is the Helio G99, revealed in mid-2022, and it’s almost identical to the previous Helio G96. That means an octa-core CPU (two Cortex-A76 and six Cortex-A55), a Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, 120Hz refresh rate, 108MP camera support, and Bluetooth 5.2 capabilities. However, the big difference between the two chipsets is that the G99 offers a 6nm design for improved efficiency versus the G96’s ageing 12nm design.

MediaTek Helio G99MediaTek Helio G96MediaTek Helio G95
CPU
MediaTek Helio G99
2x Cortex-A76
6x Cortex-A55
MediaTek Helio G96
2x Cortex-A76
6x Cortex-A55
MediaTek Helio G95
2x Cortex-A76
6x Cortex-A55
GPU
MediaTek Helio G99
Mali-G57 MC2
MediaTek Helio G96
Mali-G57 MC2
MediaTek Helio G95
Mali-G76 MC4
AI
MediaTek Helio G99
N/A
MediaTek Helio G96
N/A
MediaTek Helio G95
APU 2.0
Camera
MediaTek Helio G99
108MP single
16MP+16MP dual

MediaTek Helio G96
108MP single
16MP+16MP dual
MediaTek Helio G95
64MP single
24MP+16MP dual
Connectivity
MediaTek Helio G99
Cat-13 LTE
MediaTek Helio G96
Cat-13 LTE
MediaTek Helio G95
Cat-12 LTE
Manufacturing process
MediaTek Helio G99
6nm
MediaTek Helio G96
12nm
MediaTek Helio G95
12nm

Prior to the G96 and G99 we had the Helio G95. This chipset, which was announced back in 2020, offers the same octa-core CPU setup but has an older Mali-G57 MC2 GPU. Other notable specs include a 12nm design, 108MP single camera support, and Bluetooth 5.2.

The Helio G series is available inside phones from Poco, Realme, Xiaomi, and more. But it’s slowly been making way for budget-tier Dimensity chipsets as the transition to 5G continues.

Notable phones:

Mediatek’s low-end processors

moto g pure cameras and buttons
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

Mediatek has a reputation for delivering low-end chips for entry-level phones. It’s slowed down in this regard over the years in favor of the mid-range segment, but it still has a notable presence at the ~$100 tier.

The firm’s low-end offerings are characterized by lightweight Cortex-A53 CPU cores only (no heavy-lifting cores here), basic graphical capabilities, and 60Hz refresh rate support at best. Don’t expect to see 4K recording or 5G here either.

Helio P35/G35Helio P22/G25Helio A25
CPU
Helio P35/G35
8x Cortex-A53
Helio P22/G25
8x Cortex-A53
Helio A25
8x Cortex-A53
GPU
Helio P35/G35
IMG PowerVR GE8320
Helio P22/G25
IMG PowerVR GE8320
Helio A25
IMG PowerVR GE8320
Camera
Helio P35/G35
25MP single
13MP+13MP dual
Helio P22/G25
21MP single
13MP+8MP dual
Helio A25
16MP single
13MP+5MP dual
Process
Helio P35/G35
12nm
Helio P22/G25
12nm
Helio A25
12nm

Mediatek’s most recent low-end chips are the Helio G35 and G25. Despite being part of the gaming-focused G series, these aren’t suitable for anything more than extremely lightweight 3D and 2D games. The firm also has a few near-identical, older chips that still see occasional adoption, namely the Helio P35, Helio P22, and Helio A25.

All of these processors sport octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU cores, low-end PowerVR GE8320 graphics, and older 12nm designs. Camera capabilities are pretty modest too, with none of the chipsets supporting more than 25MP shooters at best (never mind 48MP). Don’t expect 4K recording here either.

Notable phones:


That’s about it for our Mediatek chipset guide! We’ll be updating this article periodically to add new chipsets from the Taiwanese silicon designer.